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October 2022 Newsletter

ICF North Texas | Published on 10/3/2022

Important Dates

Oct 6 New Member Orientation 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

Oct 13 Southeast Reg Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Oct 14 Celebrate Coaching 2022 8:30 AM-12:00 PM CT

Nov 10 Southeast Region Webinar 12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Nov 11 Virtual Chapter Meeting 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM CT

Dec 8 Holiday Party - Save the Date!

New Members and New Credentials

Welcome to Our New Members
Stephanie Byerly, MD
Melissa Chapel
Reeshemah Davis
Ulrika Gustafson
Maria Hamelers
Edna Pythian
Andrew Royal

Congratulations on Your New Credentials!
Sandhya Johnson, PCC

     Board Member Message

Read the Board Message 

      Monthly Events

Don’t Miss Our Flagship Event!
Register Now for Celebrate Coaching 2022

Friday, October 14
8:30 AM – Noon CT

At Las Colinas Country Club – 4400 N. O’Connor Rd, Irving, TX 75062
or Virtually via Zoom

$60 – Virtual Attendance
$75 – In Person at Las Colinas Country Club

There is still time to sponsor the event or a table here.

It's a fact that coaching enables leaders and their teams to deal with the unknown—to work better together in a dynamic workplace environment where success often requires resilience like never before. Coaching has been proven to increase leadership effectiveness, team effectiveness, and Increased employee self-efficacy.

Gain perspective about coaching and a coaching culture from some of the best in the business.

Dr. Carol Kaufmann will share insights about real-time leadership.
Carol is known globally as one of the top leaders in the field of coaching. Marshall Goldsmith named her the #1 Leadership coach in the world and Thinkers 50 shortlisted her as one of the top 8 coaches for her contribution as a world renown thought leader and coach. With over 40,000 hours of client contact and has been described as a lateral thinker who pushes the edges with a sense of humor and can disrupt someone out of their comfort zone. She works with C-level leaders to create the impact they want and to develop high trust, high performing teams.
BSNF Railway leaders will reveal how a coaching culture has completely changed the way they serve and grow their stakeholders in a complicated world.

Alison Cooper

Director Talent Management

Diane Ossenkop

Director Leadership Development

Nila Sinha

Founder and Principal, Sinha Solutions

Sign up today! In-person registration closes at noon CT on October 13. Breakfast will be provided for all in-person attendees.

Please visit the registration page for a list of FAQs and to see the full agenda. For all other questions, please contact Sandi Knight, Director of Special Events, at

CCEUs for Celebrate Coaching 2022: 0.5 Core Competency and 0.5 Resource Dev Credits


October 13 Southeast Region Webinar
The Four Stages of Psychological Safety
Dr. Timothy R. Clark


12:00 – 1:30 PM CT
Webinar Cost: ICF Global Members – $10 / Non-ICF Global Members – $20
Tim is founder and CEO of LeaderFactor and ranks as a global authority in the fields of senior executive development, strategy acceleration, and organizational change. He is the author of five books including his most recent, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. Tim has a plethora of articles on leadership, change, strategy, human capital, culture, and employee engagement in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. He is a highly sought-after advisor, coach, and facilitator to CEOs and senior leadership teams. He has worked with leading organizations around the world.
In 2022, organizations around the world are striving to achieve two goals: first, to create a sanctuary of inclusion and, second, to create an incubator of innovation. These goals can only be accomplished when leaders model and reinforce psychological safety to activate the full potential of people. Psychological safety refers to “an environment of rewarded vulnerability.” Participants will receive a deep understanding of the concepts, skills, and behaviors that will help participants create high levels of psychological safety in their organizations to unleash and accelerate the development of their people. They'll also walk away with LeaderFactor’s What is Psychological Safety? eBook and the 4 Stages Behavioral Guide.
CCEUs for this Webinar: 1.5 Core Competency Credits

Read the entire webinar description and register here:
October 13 Southeast Region Webinar

       Chapter News


ICF North Texas 2023 Board of Directors Slate

Currently, the Nominations Committee is meeting to create the ICF North Texas 2023 Board Member Slate. The Nominations Committee consists of four members: Staci Witten (President-Elect/Chair), Mike Caracalas (Former Board Member/Past President), Ken Jenkins (Member), and Juanita Rowley (Member).

The committee is accepting nominations for the following positions:
  •  President-Elect
  •  Director of Programs
  •  Secretary
  •  Treasurer

If you have an interest or would like to nominate someone for consideration, please contact Staci Witten (

Serving on the board has many benefits and is a fantastic way to get to know more of our many chapter members, as well as offering a multitude of opportunities available through ICF.

Please watch for your opportunity to vote for our Board Members at the beginning of November. Once chapter members validate the Board slate, we will be excited to introduce you to our Board for 2023 who will be led by our soon-to-be President Staci Witten. Thank you!

Chapter DEIJB Committee Forming

ICF Global recently released an ambitious vision for ensuring that ICF and its chapters are welcoming and inclusive. In support of ICF’s diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging (DEIJB) vision, ICF North Texas is forming a DEIJB committee to explore our current state of inclusivity and discover what opportunities for improvement exist. The committee will help guide the ICF North Texas Board of Directors in formulating a chapter DEIJB mission and vision, and a plan for the way forward.

If you have an interest in helping our chapter create our DEIJB roadmap and a plan for implementing the work at a thoughtful pace, please reach out by Oct. 15 to

Texting Coming Soon

Many of us in the world really enjoy texting! It fits our in-the-moment way of life and it’s very convenient to message and respond quickly and get things done. Our chapter will soon move to texting members with opportunities to register for our array of learning opportunities and gatherings. Of course, you may opt out from receiving texts at any time.

Watch for more about how ICF North Texas continues our efforts to serve you with the latest in communication and technology so that you can continually benefit from all we offer you and your professional coaching growth.

Member Snapshot - Mike Caracalas, PCC

If you have been around ICF North Texas for any length of time, you may have heard the name of Mike Caracalas. It is our pleasure to share insights from Mike about his career, coaching, and ICF experience.

Tell us about your coaching business, credentials and training. I split my time between my business with Caracalas and Associates, LLC and part-time employment as a coach at UT Southwestern Medical Center,” Mike shared.

With a PCC from ICF; CPCC from the Co-Active Institute and a CTPC from Team Coaching International, Mike has received a variety of training: Co-Active Coaching; Co-Active Leadership; Team Coaching International; Fundamentals of Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC); and many others.

Why coaching? Mike shared, “I discovered coaching over 25 years ago when my company sponsored some internal coach training. I was also fortunate to observe the executive coaches my company was bringing in and I decided someday I want to do that!” It was about 10 years ago that Mike made the leap and transitioned from internal corporate work to his very own external leadership coaching practice. “Best career decision I ever made!” says Mike.

What kind of coaching do you offer? Corporate, Executive, Internal or Organizational, and Leadership Development. “After studying leadership and organizational psychology, I spent nearly 20 years in the fields of Leadership Development and HR Business Partnering.” Mike said. “I experienced a wide range of leadership development courses, took just about every assessment known to humankind, and worked with countless executives. Over that time, I also experienced my own growth as a leader. Today, I get the most satisfaction coaching senior executives to become leaders of people.”

Mike has found that every client is different and his favorite kind of experience with them is seeing clients, again and again, transcend beyond what they thought they could do. They keep adding to their story and opening their lives to more possibilities.

Why ICF – and what has been most memorable so far? It seemed like the logical choice to join ICF North Texas when Mike launched his coaching practice. “I wanted to feel part of a community and I wanted to keep developing my skills, so I just signed up,” said Mike. He also shared, “I spent five years on the ICF North Texas board, including President in 2019. After taking a year off, I recently volunteered again to serve on the nominating committee for the 2023 board. I also just signed up for Connections Crew!”

Mike started the Digital Marketing LINC and led that for a year before turning it over to the capable leadership hands of Dara Rossi and Staci Witten. He is also proud that ICF North Texas was honored with a Recognition of Excellence award two years in a row during his time on the board. Mike is proud to have contributed.

One of his favorite parts of being on the board was participating in the Southeast Region leadership retreats (Jacksonville, Nashville, and Charlotte), where Mike met colleagues and fellow ICF chapter members from across the region. His highlight? Traveling to Dublin Ireland for the Global Leadership Forum, where Mike was honored to accept the Chapter Excellence recognition on behalf of ICF North Texas.

Why do you encourage others to join? Mike says, “ICF has been a great source of learning, community, and joy for me. I could not imagine doing the work that I do without the foundation of support I find in ICF. You will get out of your ICF experience what you put into it. Step outside your comfort zone and step into a mutual relationship with ICF.”

Mike with his family

Mike in Ireland

Mike with Kathleen Langley and Sara Smith
Receiving Chapter Excellence Award in Dublin

Mike with Board members Kathleen, Susan,
Laurie, and Staci

Get Involved

Our Membership Committee is in need of numerous volunteers for the following positions:

Connections Crew: Make 10 – 12 calls a month from a provided list with names, numbers and talking points
Badge Master: Assist with compiling badge orders and work with VA who will assist in all of the mailings
LINC Liaison: Be the point of contact for LINC Group Leaders
Assistant Membership Director: Help the Director of Membership

All members would be asked to join a 30-60 virtual meeting with the director monthly.

Please contact Cheryl Close if interested. 

Join a LINC

Learn  Interact  Network  Connect

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New Team Coaching LINC: There is interest in creating a new LINC – Team Coaching LINC. If you are interested in joining a Team Coaching LINC or If you would like more information, please email Cheryl Close.
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Members are welcome to join these new LINC groups:
Business Building Group
ACC Prep and Coaching Start-Up
Internal Coaches Group
PCC Certification Group

If you are interested in learning more about the currently active LINC groups, contact Cheryl Close for more information

       Global News

Congratulations to First Recipients of New ICF International Advanced Certification in Team Coaching

Recently, 136 team coach practitioners received the Advanced Certification in Team Coaching (ACTC) designation, ICF’s first-ever certification in a specialized discipline of coaching practice. These individuals, who participated in the ACTC pilot program, represent 41 different countries and territories. To receive this designation, these individuals:
  • Had an ICF Credential in good standing.
  • Met rigorous requirements for team coaching education and experience hours.
  • Engaged in guided reflective practice and supervision.
  • Passed a comprehensive, independent assessment as a demonstration of their knowledge and ability to apply the ICF Team Coaching Competencies in practice.
The operational pilot program has set a strong foundation for the forthcoming public launch of the ACTC. Watch for additional information and details about applying in ICF international communications (an upcoming ICF Credentials and Standards newsletter).


Save the Date for ICF Converge 2023

As a global coaching community, we’re at our best when we can learn, grow, connect, lead and inspire together. We invite you to save the date for ICF Converge 2023 — our first in-person global event since 2019! If you are unable to attend in person, we will also be offering a hybrid option.

ICF Converge 2023
August 23-26, 2023
Orlando, Florida

To be notified when more information becomes available, including about the call for proposals as well as registration, please Complete our interest form.

If you have questions about ICF Converge 2023, please contact

Check Out These Links for More ICF Globl News

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We Value Our Volunteers

Our award-winning chapter is successful and works so well because of our volunteers. Volunteering increases the value of ICF membership in so many ways. Sharing your time and talents as a volunteer helps us expand the impact of professional coaching throughout North Texas and beyond.

Volunteers benefit, too. Volunteering can help you build your network and grow your coaching practice. Serving on a committee is a great way (for new members, especially) to get involved and meet other professional coaches who are potential collaboration partners, allies, source of referrals, and friendship.

Contact Information 


President  Tim Kincaid, PCC
President-elect  Staci Witten, PCC 
Secretary  Natalie Mendez, ACC
Treasurer   Jay Harris, MCC
Past President Kathleen Klaviter, PCC
Programs   Steve Hendon, PCC
Alliances  Dara Rossi, ACC
Membership   Cheryl Close, MCC
Communications   Lizette Warner, PCC
Online Platforms  Teresa Dabney
Special Events  Sandra Knight, ACC


Our Mission

Our mission is to grow and develop a competent coaching community that drives results for coaches and those they serve. We do this by providing strong credentialed coaches, educational programs, and rich resources for internal and external coaches, and organizations and individuals seeking coaches. 

Our Vision

ICF-NT will be known as the leading resource for the coaching community and the organizations and individuals it serves by providing:
  • A collaborative network of credentialed coaches
  • Continuing education 
  • Impactful contributions to the coaching profession